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Social selling can be tricky. There are no real rules other than the golden rule: Treat other people as we would wish to be treated ourselves. That means that you need to stop sending emails that are all about you! Stop focusing on yourself and start concentrating on your prospects needs and goals. Prospects have no desire to read emails filled with the details of what you do and how you do it. They don’t care about you. They care about themselves. They don’t care about your company. They care about their own company. And finally, they don’t care about your products or services. They care about results. By Liz Wendling
 
New school aims to prepare students for STEM careers
Serial entrepreneur Vic Ahmed believes massive debt incurred by college students hinders their career development and future education options, ultimately depriving the country the full use of some of its brightest minds. He’s one of the driving forces behind the STEM Learning Center at Innovation Pavilion, set to debut in Centennial this fall with the aim of preparing students for the work force or to start their own companies right out of high school. By Mike Taylor
 

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In 2004, scientists Andre Geim and Kostya Novoselov from the University of Manchester, used adhesive tape to lift a thin layer of carbon from a block of graphite, and placed it on a silicone wafer. They had created was a two-dimensional form of carbon known as graphene, and in 2010 they received the Nobel Prize in Physics for this discovery. But that’s only part of the story. By Tom Frey

 
 
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Recently, a friend gave me a gift that included this tantalizing quote from clergyman Robert Schuller: “What would you attempt to do if you knew you would not fail?” Definitely a question to spark the imagination. After rethinking every single aspect of my life, the question took me to leadership, because I believe that uncertainty is the biggest challenge facing leaders today. How do you charge into the future with the kind of drive and passion that motivates others to follow when you have no sense for what that future might hold? By Kathleen Quinn Votaw

 
Understanding sanctions on Russia
In September, the U.S. Treasury Department, acting under the authority granted by President Obama's Executive Order 13662, materially escalated sanctions against Russia, imposing a broad-based package of restrictions on Russian entities operating within Russia’s defense and related materiel sector. The U.S. Department of the Treasury extended targeted financial sanctions to Russia’s largest bank, deepened existing sanctions on Russian financial institutions, expanded sanctions in Russia’s energy sector, and increased the number of sanctioned Russian entities in the energy and defense sectors. By J. Triplett Mackintosh
 

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Ryan Valentich started sewing as a hobby in 2010, then hit the road with his wife, Jill, and traveled the West with a camper that doubled as a studio. After stitching from the road, the couple settled in Colorado. “Of all the places we’ve been, Denver is by far our favorite,” Ryan says. By Eric Peterson

 
 
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Recently, a friend gave me a gift that included this tantalizing quote from clergyman Robert Schuller: “What would you attempt to do if you knew you would not fail?” Definitely a question to spark the imagination. After rethinking every single aspect of my life, the question took me to leadership, because I believe that uncertainty is the biggest challenge facing leaders today. How do you charge into the future with the kind of drive and passion that motivates others to follow when you have no sense for what that future might hold? By Kathleen Quinn Votaw

 
Understanding sanctions on Russia
In September, the U.S. Treasury Department, acting under the authority granted by President Obama's Executive Order 13662, materially escalated sanctions against Russia, imposing a broad-based package of restrictions on Russian entities operating within Russia’s defense and related materiel sector. The U.S. Department of the Treasury extended targeted financial sanctions to Russia’s largest bank, deepened existing sanctions on Russian financial institutions, expanded sanctions in Russia’s energy sector, and increased the number of sanctioned Russian entities in the energy and defense sectors. By J. Triplett Mackintosh
 

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Ryan Valentich started sewing as a hobby in 2010, then hit the road with his wife, Jill, and traveled the West with a camper that doubled as a studio. After stitching from the road, the couple settled in Colorado. “Of all the places we’ve been, Denver is by far our favorite,” Ryan says. By Eric Peterson

 
 
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As a business owner, I am particularly sensitive to trends. The restaurant industry is as competitive as any, and the Denver market is particularly so. Thanks to homegrown successes like Chipotle, Qdoba, Noodles & Co. and Smashburger, as well as newcomers like Pizzeria Locale, we have a very educated group of customers. Anyone who eats out is a self-proclaimed expert. As owners and operators we ignore these “expert” opinions at our own peril. Some trends cut across all food categories. By Tim Dodge

 
Dream homes shouldn't become nightmares
Because of all the emotions and memories that are tied-to a person’s home, many decide to have a custom home of their own built, or have major renovations done to an existing house, so that they can live in a home that features their own designs and ideas. It becomes the best way to create their personal abode. If you’re beginning to seriously consider having a custom home of your own built, or having major renovation work done, there are some very important things to consider as you begin you’re planning. Without the proper perspective, information and resources, the home of your dreams could become a living nightmare. By David Jackson
 

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Colorado’s mountain resorts made the news last winter for reasons unrelated to snowfall; instead, Kaiser Health News reported that a four-county region – from Breckenridge to Vail, and from Aspen to Glenwood Springs – had the highest health-insurance costs in the country. It wasn’t a shock. Aspen and Vail have some of the highest real estate prices in the world. Why would insurance be different? The heartburn story about high-priced insurance emerged because of a redrawing of boundaries. Before, high-priced resort communities had been pooled with other counties of the Western Slope. By Allen Best

 
 
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Imagine an actor who has trained all his life to play Macbeth and suddenly he’s cast in, say, The Lion King.  Yes, they’re both kings, but that’s where the similarities end.  But unlike salespeople, actors have a methodology for taking on a new role that might be quite unlike themselves and making it their own so that they can confidently deliver it.  I’ve found this same methodology can be extremely helpful for salespeople struggling to take on a more assertive role like that of the Challenger. Here are three ways you can become more of a Challenger with your customers. By Julie Hansen

 
GenXYZ 2014 winners
As a board member for Mile High Youth Corps since 2012, Lucas Mallory helped create an assessment tool that helps provide work opportunities for disadvantaged teens. As chair of PCL’s United Way Committee, he’s overseen the highest levels of employee giving in the company’s history: $1.45 million. Attorney Tommy West founded Boulder Flood Relief and championed a state Senate bill to expand civil liability immunity for disaster-relief volunteers. And even as she was breaking sales records, Monica Perez was saving the young professionals group at the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. By Lisa Ryckman
 

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I'm not alone. I know many, many men who really like minivans. I also actually know a few women who fall into this category, most notably my wife. Our love for minivans is one of the many things we share – that love, and also we share a 1991 Toyota Previa minivan with nearly 200,000 miles that is, without question, the most versatile vehicle ever invented. I would love a modern-day Previa, but I guess I will have to settle for the Sienna – although it isn’t really settling. By Jeff Rundles

 
 
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McWhinney CEO Chad McWhinney talks about why his company is a 2014 Top Company finalist. Read more.
 

 
 
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If the masses are irrational, emotional fools, can they be exploited? If greedy investors are bidding up the market to insane levels and fearful investors are dumping high quality stocks at bargain-basement prices, surely there is an opportunity for the patient, rational, long-term investor to take advantage of these weaker beings! Actually, my answer is: yes. There is a way to exploit the nonsense that happens in the market year in and year out.  It doesn't require a crystal ball, a complex trading strategy or a black-box algorithm. It is simple. By James Osborne

 
Changes in the boardroom
Recent research on 40 years of data from the Standard & Poor's 500 index revealed that digital technologies are disrupting existing business models and their underlying sources of value. The research finds that investors assign higher valuations to organizations that embrace emerging technologies, such as big data, social media, the Internet of Things and mobility. By Tracy Houston
 

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I play two main roles in life: corporate consultant to leaders and parent of two teenagers. I am often struck by the similarities between these two "jobs." As I see it, many leaders spend their day trying to "make up" for parenting that didn't happen. And, if you happen to be doing both jobs - you have the perfect opportunity to cross-train. I consider these six rules the basic foundation of a happy family and a happy workplace. See how you can apply them to both domains in your world. By Lisa Jackson

 
 
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TopCo First Western Trust
First Western Trust CEO Scott Wylie talks about why his company is a 2014 Top Company finalist. Read more.
 
CoBank CEO Bob Engel talks about why his company is a 2014 Top Company finalist. Read more.
 

 
 
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There is naturally fear in making predictions about the future because you are virtually guaranteed being wrong about at least part of your prediction.  Most leaders in businesses are more comfortable waiting for current reality to change and then trying to react to it. Depending upon your industry, this may be “good enough” during your tenure. Hope that you have no fierce competition, execute brilliantly and you may have a good career, but don’t kid yourself, you’re like the novice gambler who wins big early and thinks he’s a genius. By Todd Ordal

 
Top financial companies
CoBank, a part of the U.S. Farm Credit System, is an agricultural credit bank serving cooperatives in the agribusiness and rural infrastructure industries. This past year, the customer-owned organization announced a $1 million gift to Mile High United Way in support of its new community headquarters in Curtis Park. The facility will feature the CoBank Leadership Center, a 10,000-square-foot conference and collaboration space open to nonprofits and community organizations. By Mike Dano
 

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I’m probably the last guy on earth that Subaru should have sent a WRX STI model. I don’t fit any type of demographic for a car like this – in age or audience – and I’m not a racing enthusiast, rally or track. And several years ago I wrote a review of a WRX they sent me -- saying basically that I love Subarus generally but found the WRX a sort of silly vehicle for everyday street use – and the e-universe of the time went nuts. By Jeff Rundles

 
 
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CoBank CEO Bob Engel talks about why his company is a 2014 Top Company finalist. Read more.
 
Carl Clark, CEO of the Mental Health Center of Denver, talks about why his company is a 2014 Top Company finalist. Read more.
 

 
 
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Companies invest in social branding and sparkling websites then are left wondering about the return on investment for this effort. You engage in Facebook comments or personal news media and post blog entries and generally are left creating your company's news all day, every day (you can come up with 165 characters of tweeting eight to 10 times a day, right?). The question is, who's bothering to read all your social media messaging? By Sam Dobbins

 
Top pro services companies
Open for business since 1985, Workplace Resource is the region’s only independent Herman Miller certified dealer, working to help organizations realize the potential of their workplaces and thereby their teams. Woman-owned WR attempts to build long-standing customer relationships to foster an efficient work force that communicates each company’s philosophy and values. By Mike Dano
 

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Consider the following scenario: Sometime in the not-too-distant future, patients walking into the doctor’s office will first receive a full-body scan, creating a complete data model built around several thousand data points. Any area that gives even the slightest hint of troublesome activity will warrant closer inspection. For any number of conditions, rather than prescribing medicine as a treatment, doctors will prescribe a device. Devices will have a wide range of purposes ranging from ingestible cams and monitors, to wearable super data-collectors, to body function amplifiers. By Tom Frey

 
 
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Workplace Resource CEO Carla Dore talks about why her company is a 2014 Top Company finalist Read more.
 
TopCo Oskar Blues
Oskar Blues Marketing Director Chad Melis talks about why his company is a 2014 Top Company finalist Read more.
 

 
 
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In early 2009, the financial press was dumping praise on any mutual fund manager who had evaded a bulk of the stock market decline.  These managers were lauded as heroes, visionaries with the keen insight to see that the worst market and economic environment for 80 years had been just around the corner. Fund managers who moved portfolios to defensive positions saw their trailing performance shoot up relative to a declining S&P 500. One of the most famous of these managers was John Hussman. Somewhat bizarrely, Hussman turned from being bullish in late 2008 to rampantly bearish in early 2009 after the Federal Reserve and U.S. Treasury took action in the public marketplace. By James Osborne

 
Top manufacturing companies
Founded in 1997 and debuting craft beer-in-a-can in 2002, the brewery has since experienced explosive growth, now distributing in 37 states around the country. Recognizing that product design can dramatically impact consumer goods, Oskar Blues intends to continue creating innovative packaging to serve new and already popular brews to its audience. The brewer — which also manufactures Reeb bikes in Longmont — is presently in the thick of construction on a mountain bike destination and performance space in western North Carolina, where it opened its second brewery in 2012. By Mike Dano
 

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In this Tiguan, you turn the key – how quaint – put it in gear and drive. If you want to change the radio station, it’s old-school knobs and push-button settings. If you want to alter the climate, turn some knobs for fan speed, turn up the heat or turn down for cold on AC, find where you want to air to come out and set the knob. There’s no LED screen. No car mouse. Basically, you just drive. By Jeff Rundles

 
 
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Insider insights: OneNeck
Michael Brunson, Denver Data Center Manager, discusses how OneNeck® IT Solutions understands that customers want more than the latest version of blinking lights. 
 

 
 
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Ever wonder why some startups get investment capital while others struggle, fade and disappear? Of course, the primary reasons entrepreneurs do well is because they have a solid product, a strong management team, and a hungry market they can prove exists. I spent several years with a company that matched high potential entrepreneurs with private “angel” investors. Many entrepreneurs got funding while others failed despite a valid concept. What made the difference? Here’s my take on it. By Gale Dunlap

 
Top three open enrollment tips
Even with health insurance coverage now available in many states through government exchanges, the vast majority of Americans – nearly 158 million – will continue to obtain health benefits through their employer. Many companies set aside a two-week period between October and December for when their employees can select health benefits, so now is the time to start getting prepared. It’s essential that consumers fully understand their options during open enrollment so they can choose a plan that will help them enhance their health and possibly save money. By Beth Soberg
 

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It’s been seven years since the University of Colorado Hospital moved to the Anschutz Medical Campus, leaving its location at East Ninth Avenue and Colorado Boulevard as a prime spot for redevelopment.Time and again, developers have tried to buy the property and launch a project, but market conditions and neighborhood opposition have thwarted those efforts. Now, however, an all-star team led by Continuum Partners has the 41-acre site under contract for $30 million in a deal that’s expected to close by the end of the year. By Margaret Jackson

 
 
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Michael Brunson, Denver Data Center Manager, discusses how OneNeck® IT Solutions understands that customers want more than the latest version of blinking lights.
 
TopCo Hab for Humanity
Heather Lafferty of Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver talks about why her organization is a 2014 Top Company finalist. Read more about it.
 

 
 
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Welcome to the era of micro-location tracking! If you don’t know what it is, read on to understand how to use it to grow revenue for your business. Essentially, micro-location tracking picks up where GPS tracking leaves off. Instead of using satellites and your smartphone to track you like GPS does, micro-location tracking uses hardware called “beacons” or “iBeacons” (Apple’s version of the technology) and your smartphone to track your location. It might seem like the same, however this technology tracks your location more precisely, especially indoors, which companies use to market to you more effectively. By Sarah Procopio

 
Growing old isn't for sissies
Helping your parent or loved one to find the right living environment as they consider retirement communities will take time, attention to detail and a great deal of care. There are multiple things to take into consideration, including the level of care, the professionalism of a staff, the quality of service and amenities, safety and security and cost.  Keep in mind that it’s your job to gather the information, and then make sure that your parent or loved one is highly involved in the final decision. By Brandi Williamson
 

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With the right dose of technology, experience and ambition, entrepreneurs can set up shop just about anywhere nowadays. Still, one thing hasn’t changed.  “Creating companies from nothing is hard – period,” said Brad Feld, co-founder and managing director of Boulder-based Foundry Group LLC, a venture capital firm that invests in early-stage information technology. But across Colorado, the collective startup swagger is evident. sinesses are materializing with support from meet-ups, incubators, accelerators and other startup forums. By Gigi Sukin

 
 
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Heather Lafferty of Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver talks about why her organization is a 2014 Top Company finalist.  Read more about it.
 
TopCo The Home Front Cares
THFC Executive Director April Speake talks about why her organization is a 2014 Top Company finalist. Read more about it.
 

 
 
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“Why are you wasting my life?” Can you imagine a client saying that to you after you delivered what you thought was a pretty good, on target business presentation? Jeff Bezos did exactly that after one of his engineers delivered a complicated, boring presentation to the outspoken founder of Amazon. While it’s rare that prospects or clients express themselves quite so bluntly after a presentation that misses the mark, I am sure there are times when they have wanted to stand up and join Jeff. By Julie Hansen

 
Key differences in reporting standards
In the first article in this series, we explained the concepts behind the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants release of its  guidelines called Financial Reporting Framework for Small and Medium-Sized Entities (“FRF for SMEs”). The FRF for SMEs provides an alternative to U.S. GAAP for private companies. The Framework condenses all of its accounting rules into a 188-page document, which by its nature leaves significant room for judgment by the reporting company and its auditor. Let's highlight some of the key differences between GAAP and the Framework. By Jake Vossen
 

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When you do meet Johnny Alamo, despite your best effort to detect a prima donna, Jerry-Maguire-pre-spiritual-crisis thing, you find this impossible, because under a red baseball cap in a wood-and-brick-and-exposed ductwork office on Boulder’s Pearl Street is this genuine, enthusiastic, earnest entrepreneur talking about alignment, balance and “authenticity” in life and business. And then you are basically fated to like him. By Stewart Schley
 
 
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I recently worked with a group of sales professional at an Insurance agency. All agents were performing below average and producing inconsistent results. Many came to our Monday morning sales trainings with a poor attitude toward the week ahead. Some had negative feelings and doubts around the potential outcome of meetings on their schedules. Some shared that they expected to write very little business and the week was probably going to be a waste of time. The most shocking was when they revealed their private negative thoughts. Here is some of their sales baggage: By Liz Wendling

 
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The real estate franchise company celebrated its 40th anniversary. The Denver-based firm, founded by Dave and Gail Liniger in 1973, has grown to 94,000 agents in 95 countries. But some people don’t realize the Colorado company is that large, says CEO Margaret Kelly. “My favorite question is, ‘Are you in all 50 states?’” she says. It is indeed a worldwide business, with 6,400 offices, most owned by franchisees. The company went public last year, with an initial public offering that Kelly calls a huge undertaking. By Nora Caley
 

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I had great difficulty completing this column. This is partly due to the complex nature of the technology and partly because its implications may indeed be so far reaching that I’ll sound over-reaching in describing it. Several companies may find what I’m describing to be rather disturbing. It’ll be disturbing because this technology is on the verge of undermining most, if not all, of their product development plans. By Tom Frey
 
 
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When the doctors told me at 38, with three young children and going through a divorce, that I had a 50/50 chance of survival, I had no idea the extent of my instinct for survival and my choice for life no matter what I heard. At the time of the diagnosis, my business was and still is teaching people how to maintain inner peace no matter what surrounds them, and here I was, facing two of the top stressors at the same time: cancer and divorce. I say this without any sense of victimization because this was truly a schoolhouse of opportunity to practice and apply what I had been teaching and learning about for 20 years. By Lauren Miller

 
What in the world do bagels have to do with selling? Yes, I like bagels. Most people do, right? However, I don’t mean the kind you eat.  BAGELS is an acronym I use in coaching my clients that might help you stay on track of the things you need to do daily to increase your sales. By Gary Harvey
 

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“I get a lot of calls such as, ‘I make this great salsa for friends and family, and I’m looking at opportunities to market it,’” said Wendy White, marketing specialist with the Colorado Department of Agriculture. “Farmers markets are a great place to start selling and getting a lot of customer research. It’s a great place for vendors to sample products and try packaging and price points.” A common next step is to sell to hometown stores and attend food industry shows to make connections and find outlets. “Growth depends on the goals and desires (of producers),” White said. Those aims range from direct sales to online to supplying to restaurants. By Suzie Romig



 
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In my relatively young career, I've had the privilege of working with a great many clients from all walks of life. School teachers and successful entrepreneurs, young married couples and retired engineers, doctors, dentists, lawyers and accountants. How all of these people reached (or are reaching) financial independence isn't entirely dependent upon the right investment strategy, the right life insurance, the best tax strategy or even good luck (although all of those things help a great deal).  The one thing that ties them all together, the thing that actually results in financial independence, is this. By James Osborne

 
So much has changed since the days when your parents were planning their retirements — and it can be challenging to keep track of what’s new that could affect you. Most everyone knows about the prospect of longer life expectancies and how that will impact their retirements but are unfamiliar with the other factors that could make a big difference to them down the road. Let’s examine some of these overlooked issues. By Herb White
 

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I first went to Honduras in 1999 with a couple pilot friends. We received 10,000 pounds of medical supplies from Project Cure, loaded an old DC3 and went to Tegucigalpa. It was mostly for the adventure. There I met Tony Stone, who had started a micro-credit organization in Honduras which loans money to the very poor. It helps start businesses and ideally, they  repay the loan over time, which is then redistributed to other borrowers. Since then, my wife and I have been going to Honduras for 15 years. By Pat Wiesner



 
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It’s fun to consider the bucket list of intimidation that factor into running (and owning) a successful business. But it ultimately boils down to the intersection of time and money. Most of us have experienced life without either one – and then there are cycles when there’s time but no money, or money but no time. But that elusive pot of gold we’re after is an abundance of time and money. If you’ve found it, it means you’ve made a difference, experienced success and done something responsible with your life. Is it possible? Don’t let fear get in the way of finding out. By Erin Gibbs

 
The majority of stable and long-term job growth has a tendency to be driven by established businesses and regional employers. This means increased competition for top talent, customers and market share. The good news is, technology can help your business stay ahead of the curve and share in the surrounding economy’s boom. Here are three ways you can put your company at the front of the pack. By J.P. Westwood
 

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Eric Wallace’s love of craft beer began while living in Germany, where his father was in the Air Force. After graduating from the Air Force Academy himself and being stationed in Northern Italy and Turkey, Wallace settled in Colorado, where in 1993 he co-founded Left Hand Brewing Co. Starting as a home brewery in a condo in Niwot, it has become the 38th largest craft brewery by volume in the nation.   By Lynn Bronikowski



 
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Many businesses try to navigate the road ahead by looking in the rear view mirror, and some haven’t turned on the lights! The fact that you cannot see around all the corners doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try. You’ll never see all the competitive threats, substitute products or environmental changes that are down the road, but if you’re diligent, you’ll see many. If you don’t turn on the lights, you’ll be lucky to see the ones right in front of you. By Todd Ordal

 
The main problem the AICPA was trying to solve in releasing the Framework is that small and closely held companies often don’t need the types of standards that large and public companies need. Smaller or more entrepreneurial companies mainly deal with bankers, not outside investors and bondholders, for their financial needs. Many smaller companies believe that GAAP is overly complex and too difficult and expensive to implement. Prior to the Framework being released, companies who did not want to adopt GAAP had limited options to present financial statements in a meaningful comprehensive way. By Jake Vossen
 

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As CEO of Channelinsight, a Denver provider of channel data management software, Mark Geene says the company spent hundreds of hours integrating cloud-based services. “We had to connect data from clients’ CRM and accounting system,” he explains. “We started building stuff ourselves. It was hard to do. We saw an opportunity for a business there.” Geene subsequently left Channelinsight to co-found Cloud Elements, and serves as CEO. By Eric Peterson



 
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Along with the tight supply, there is considerable demand for housing in Denver. Denver is known for its quality of life, educated workforce, etc. That's attracting companies and therefore workers to the metro area. The reduced supply and increased demand has pushed prices up.  One would suspect this would be great for someone trying to flip a property. The reality of the situation is that the reduced supply has increased prices too much so the margins have been compressed and/or eliminated. By Glen Weinberg

 
To many Americans, this tax inversion move is unpatriotic because it is perceived as a tax dodge. However, if CEOs are charged with looking for ways to increase the bottom line, particularly when revenue growth is getting harder to find, then reducing corporate taxes is an easy way to boost profits and potentially increase the underlying stock price of their companies. The biggest losers in these inversion transactions are the current shareholders. By Fred Taylor
 

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Student loan availability has made college more accessible to more people, particularly minorities and those from the lower economic strata who historically didn’t attend college. But the very thing that opened up the ivied doors threatens to slam them shut: College is too expensive and the debt too high. It’s an unsustainable system. By Jeff Rundles



 
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We owe a lot of our success to everyone here in Denver. If you have ever thought of getting your company more involved through donations of services or products, it’s a good idea to stick to some basics. Our experience is noteworthy, and I believe it may contain some bits of useful information for anyone looking to follow suit. And while our assets may be more marketable than those that other businesses offer (who doesn’t want free pizza, right?), I believe that every business can and should find some way to contribute. By John Le Bel

 
Marketing your business with both physical and digital “materials” can place your business ahead of the competition. Materials marketing, whether you choose to use banners, vehicle wraps or channel lettering, instantly creates a valuable marketing space. Whether you are on the road or in your office, it is time to start thinking about how your business can create instant branded environments to capture audience attention and showcase brand personality. By Cliff Apter
 

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RMC, formerly Rocky Mountain Connections, did not slow down operations during the most recent economic recession. Even though some meeting and travel planner customers canceled trips and events, the Aspen-based destination management and special events company continued making investments. “My vision was to grow the company,” says owner and CEO Shawn Thomson-Palermo. “We kept our people employed. No furloughs, no pay cuts, and I brought in more management.” By Nora Caley



 
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What’s your morning routine (process) to get you ready for the day? Whether you realize it or not, your morning routine is a process that gets you a specific result. At the end of the process you’re awake, fed, showered, teeth brushed, dressed, on time and ready for the day. Imagine if you went to your office undressed, hungry and smelling rotten. How confident would you be? How comfortable would you feel? For the most basic things, we have processes. For the really important things - like selling – many people shortcut the process and settle for mediocre results. Never underestimate the power of the process. By Liz Wendling

 
As I told a businessman who said he only had time to pay attention to one statistic, the single most important piece of economic data is the employment figure. The United States economy added 288,000 jobs in June, the fifth consecutive month of gains exceeding 200,000. The unemployment rate fell to 6.1 percent, continuing a decline that began in November 2009.  Clearly the economy is improving on the job front. But, is there more to the story? By Tucker Hart Adams
 

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The new New Beetle is instantly recognizable as a VW Beetle, carrying on with that iconic exterior. It is, however, a different vehicle from the New Beetle:  Longer, with an edgier look. It is built in a factory in Mexico alongside of VW’s popular Jetta and Golf models. Indeed, once you get over the iconic Beetle exterior styling and get behind the wheel, this new New Beetle feels and performs almost exactly like the Jetta. By Jeff Rundles



 
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Smart planning, creative development and contemporary design will be the formula for success as Denver continues to grow and attract new businesses and residents.  Now is the time for developers to bring groundbreaking and creative ideas to their projects. The future of the city demands it. The city is currently on a steep growth curve, with scores of cranes hovering above the metro skyline. It would be a shame to look back on all of today’s new projects 10 years from now and feel that developers failed. By Stephen Dynia

 
After overseeing several years of frenetic growth, Brian Thomas is working on how to properly scale the business to accommodate that growth and ensure that growth will continue in the years ahead.Thomas, the CEO of smartphone case maker OtterBox, was the company’s sixth employee in 2003, just a few years after its founding in 1998. Today he’s the head of a company with 1,000 employees. Thomas and OtterBox rode the wave generated by the iPhone and other smartphones during the past decade. By Mike Dano
 

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The year is 2027, and Winston, a newly born house-bot charged with doing a number of domestic chores including cleaning, meal prep, laundry, and building maintenance, has been programmed to not only perform the work but also restock supplies once they reach a certain level. Owners have wide latitude in the amount of autonomy they can grant their bots when it comes to decision-making, and spending authority is always the one given most attention. By Tom Frey



 
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Today, we are seeing the next shift in employee benefits. Following the enacting of the Affordable Care Act and the growth in robust consumer-directed health care plans and Health Savings Accounts, the defined contribution (DC) model is gaining ground with many employers. Technology has also sped along the process as DC platforms via private exchanges have become available as well as web-based tools to help employers and employees better utilize the exchanges. By Dennis Triplett

 
Hercules is privately owned and currently counts around 360 employees. It operates four manufacturing facilities and 12 sales and distribution centers in the region. The company has been owned and operated by the Newland family since it was founded, and today William Newland is transitioning ownership to his son, Andrew, after taking over the business from his father, William, the company’s founder. Hercules has worked to streamline its business to best meet customers’ needs. Today Hercules is one of the nation’s largest manufacturers of air ducts and processors of “flat sheets” for HVAC systems. By Mike Dano
 

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Mary Sherman started making biscotti for her friends and family in the late 1990s, and turned pro in 2008. “They’re not necessarily your traditional biscotti,” she says. “I use a different liqueur in each variety. They’re artisan.” This makes for varieties like the best-selling Frangelico Chocolate Toffee Chunk and Raspy Blues (with Chambord and blueberries). By Eric Peterson



 
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We work hard to nurture an understanding of company culture and expectations, we are able to trust our employees to do the right thing. This behavior is peer-rewarded, leadership-recognized and privy to some pretty unique benefits. If (on the other hand) employees don’t live up to these expectations, then we need to recognize that and take action: We need to decide whether they have the right seat on the bus or whether they are on the wrong bus altogether. If the latter, then that person needs to be let go (something that has been historically hard for us). By Erin Gibbs

 
As we get into the later stages of the recovery, we believe correlation among stocks will fall, and that makes finding a manager that can make - has a history of making good stock selection more important and to have a better opportunity to add value in a portfolio, so favoring stock pickers. We also tend to favor midcap or small- and midcap with the emphasis on midcap names to do better at this stage of the market cycle. If you look at the year-to-date numbers, midcaps are leading the way over small caps and large caps. So that appears to be playing out. By Todd Hauer
 

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Let’s get this out of the way now: Your name is not Johnny Alamo and my name is not Johnny Alamo and that is simply the unfairness we must accept. On the flipside, there is a real Johnny Alamo, who once made a living as a professional freestyle-skier, worked side-by-side with legendary filmmaker Warren Miller, and now spends his time as a sports marketing specialist. By Stewart Schley



 
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What is good for Tesla isn't necessarily good for everyone else. There are no doubt dozens if not hundreds of small – even tiny – companies across the country trying to develop new motor and battery technologies often funded by angels and venture capital. Do you think the founders and employees of these companies would toil to create the proverbial better mouse trap or that the angels would invest millions if the companies couldn't prevent the resulting inventions from being used by the major industry players? By Kurt Leyendecker

 
The real estate franchise company celebrated its 40th anniversary. The Denver-based firm, founded by Dave and Gail Liniger in 1973, has grown to 94,000 agents in 95 countries. But some people don’t realize the Colorado company is that large, says CEO Margaret Kelly. “My favorite question is, ‘Are you in all 50 states?’” she says. “Friends email me photos of RE/MAX signs and they write, ‘I see you here!’” It is indeed a worldwide business, with 6,400 offices, most owned by franchisees. The company went public last year, with an initial public offering that Kelly calls a huge undertaking. By Nora Caley
 

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What’s the value of a human life? For some of you, this is a very disconcerting question, because it attempts to put a dollar value on a person, something we value in far different ways. But that is exactly what governments and businesses find themselves doing on a daily basis. Every time an insurance company calculates their premiums, militaries plan their budget or juries calculate an award, the value of human life is a central part of the decision. By Tom Frey



 
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Four Winds Interactive CEO David Levin explains why his software firm is a Top Company winner for 2014. Read more about Four Winds Interactive.


 
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Serial entrepreneur Vic Ahmed believes massive debt incurred by college students hinders their career development and future education options, ultimately depriving the country the full use of some of its brightest minds. He’s one of the driving forces behind the STEM Learning Center at Innovation Pavilion, set to debut in Centennial this fall with the aim of preparing students for the work force or to start their own companies right out of high school. By Mike Taylor

 
Do any of these scenarios sound familiar? Tim, a single executive with a social media company, was too busy in his new career to bother about an estate plan.  That’s for married folks, he’d said. Gwen, a flight attendant who is single and thinking about retiring, laughs when she hears people talk about estate planning. Who’s rich enough for an estate? Henry, who has lived with his partner Todd for years, never thought about what would happen to Todd financially after Henry’s death. All three of these singles are going on faulty assumptions about who needs to plan for their estate. By Herb White
 

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Fatigue and overtraining don’t strike just elite athletes. Recreational athletes are actually the population most vulnerable for overtraining. Many recreational athletes become “competitive” athletes with the same overtraining features as elite athletes. Elite athletes have experts to help them avoid overtraining. Recreational athletes are on their own. By the Vail Vitality Center



 
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Colorado Enterprise Fund CEO Ceyl Prinster talks about why her organization was a Top Company 2014 winner. Read more about it.



 
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An individual that acts as an entrepreneur within an organization: an intrapreneur. A person employed at a company who seeks to implement his/her creative ideas to advance the business. Many companies have a handful of them in house, but those in leadership positions might not recognize the traits of an intrapreneur, or know how to utilize their talents to the company’s advantage. Because intrapreneurs are always looking to do their own thing, they won’t stick around for very long if they go unnoticed or unchallenged. A perfect example: Nest. By John Basso

 
It’s been seven years since the University of Colorado Hospital moved to the Anschutz Medical Campus, leaving its location at East Ninth Avenue and Colorado Boulevard as a prime spot for redevelopment. Time and again, developers have tried to buy the property and launch a project, but market conditions and neighborhood opposition have thwarted those efforts. Now, however, an all-star team led by Continuum Partners has the 41-acre site under contract for $30 million in a deal that’s expected to close by the end of the year. Since the University of Colorado Board of Regents selected the team in February, it’s completed its due diligence and has been refining plans for the property. By Margaret Jackson
 

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Increasingly, companies that rise to the top have been driven by something more: a greater purpose — whether it’s providing jobs, improving lives, protecting the environment, fostering stronger human connections or some alternative higher aim — and the money has followed. That much was evident from the nominations submitted for ColoradoBiz's 27th annual Top Company Awards, arguably Colorado’s most competitive and rigorously judged program of its kind. By Gigi Sukin



 
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